Tuscan Wine & Glory

7 Nights/8 Days


TOUR ITINERARY

Welcome to Italy.
Arrive in Florence Airport and transfer to your hotel.. Rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight in Candeli, near Florence
Stay at : Villa la Massa or similar

Breakfast in the hotel

In the morning, meet your expert driver guide at your and head towards the Chianti Classico region. In the car, you will learn a bit about Chianti region, its history, culture & wines. There many points perfect for unforgettable photos: roads are windy but the countryside is spectacular. In About 45 min, we will arrive to our first great winery, where we will have a chance to explore the winery, walk into the vineyard and taste the wines and discuss them with the locals. You will typically taste a Chianti Classico, a Riserva and an IGT Super Tuscan, paired with local food like salami and cheese. Not far from this first winery, we will stop for lunch. Lunch will be delicious and we'll be able to sample more wines together and talk about your questions and thoughts - anything that pops to mind that you've always wanted to ask a wine maker or a sommelier or anything you'll want to know about Tuscany...

After lunch, we will visit another highly rated winery. Together with the previous experience you'll start to appreciate the range of aromas and flavors that Chianti Classico wines have to offer. So, you have plenty of opportunity to compare your experiences during the day.

This time, you will have the chance to taste also some Oil Oil, produced in the area.

Finally, we'll stop to stroll around one of the lovely Chianti towns such as Greve in Chianti or Castellina in Chianti that are of Medieval origins but has been transformed by the importance of its wines, and where you could shop for local specialties and handicrafts. We'll return home with full bellies, a happy heart and great memories.

Overnight in Candeli, near Florence
Meals : Breakfast
The Antinori family has been involved in the production of wine for over six centuries, ever since, in 1385, Giovanni di Piero Antinori entered as a member, the “Arte Fiorentina”, the Winemakers’ Guild of the city of Florence. During this entire long period, thorough twenty six generations, the family has always directly managed this work with courageous and, at times, innovative decisions, but always maintaining, unaltered, a fundamental respect for tradition and for the territory in which they have operated.

Today we will visit the outstanding estate of Badia of Passignano, and Antinori Chianti Classico.

The Badia di Passignano (The Abbey of Passignano), located in the Chianti Classico region, is an ancient monastery dating back to 395, when it was established by the archbishop of Florence.
Even today it is still inhabited by monks of the Vallombrosian Order, who remain the guardians of their cultural and historical treasures. At Badia you will visit to the vineyards with an introduction to winegrowing and production; the historical Abbey cellars, followed by lunch or dinner at Osteria di Passignano restaurant with a menu accompanied by the classic Antinori signature wines: Cervaro della Sala, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano, Tignanello, Brunello di Montalcino and Barolo Bussia, preceded by extra-virgin olive oil tasting.

The tour At Antinori Chianti Classico moves from the outside to the inside of the winery, permitting to see the great spiral staircase, the vineyard covering the winery roof and the vinification and aging areas. At the end of the tour a tasting of some of our typical labels from the Tuscany and Umbria Estates: Conte della Vipera Umbria I.G.T (Castello della Sala estate), Vino Nobile di Montepulciano D.O.C.G. (La Braccesca estate) and Villa Antinori Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. Riserva (Antinori Chianti Classico winery).

At the end, continue to Montalcino, where you will stay for 3 nights.
Meals : Breakfast
Stay at : Castello Di Velona or similar

Winemakers are the gateways to local culture, the gatekeepers of secrets and traditions. Today you will enjoy a great experience and meet the producers of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG directly in the headquarters of their wineries, where they will unveil for you the history and secrets of this great wine. Let yourself be captivated by an emotional experience where the flavour of  wine, the scent of the earth, the colors of the table and the softness of the landscape will merge together to create a unique and unrepeatable mix.

You will visit three wineries in Montepulciano countryside, walk in the vineyards, taste Rosso di Montepulciano DOC and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG in each winery. You will also enjoy a Tuscan light lunch in a winery.

Overnight in Montalcino
Meals : Breakfast
Today enjoy your resort or explore the magnificent Val d’Orcia.

This area of Tuscany boasts of endless rolling hills covered with grain or sunflowers, a rich green valley which encompasses the Orcia river, from which the zone derives its name, and don’t forget the vineyards for the renowned wines of Brunello and the newcomer on the market, the Val d’Orcia DOC. It is no wonder that this territory, which stretches along the provinces of Siena and Grosseto, is protected as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Time seems to slow down for picturesque towns like Pienza, a real jewel known as the "Ideal City" and the beautiful Palazzo Piccolomini. Or the little town of Castiglion d'Orcia with its fortress. At the furtherest southern most point there is the hilltop town of Radicofani with its imposing castle tower or go west, towards the walled medieval city of Montalcino and the vineyards of Brunello. A must-see is the beautiful and suggestive Romanesque Abbey of Sant' Antimo, one of the best examples of medieval monastic architecture.

After a day visiting museums, ancient abbeys and castles, you can relax yourself in one of the many thermal baths of the region, such as the ones in Bagno Vignoni or in Bagni di San Filippo.

This region is very rich in high quality local products such as the "pecorino" cheese of Pienza (a typical cheese made with sheep's milk), the genuine olive oil, the gorgeous wine resulting from a long and ancient tradition, saffron, mushrooms, chestnuts, truffles, game and a lot of other specialties.
Meals : Breakfast
Maremma is a large area in southern Tuscany. It is a perfect microcosm that stretches between the provinces of Livorno and Grosseto. Maremma is unique because of the variety of its territory: blue sea, long beaches, black rock, hills covered with woods, marshes and flat lands, green hills and natural thermal baths.
It's a timeless region with ancient roots. Here the Etruscans and then the Romans flourished for centuries leaving behind important traces in the Etruscan cities of Populonia and Roselle and many archeological finds around the region. Then the Aldobrandeschi clan arrived and ruled in Maremma during the dark era of the Middle Ages leaving behind high towers, castles and walled towns such as Santa Fiora and Sovana.

Maremma is also land of great wines.

Today we will drive in the direction of Southern Tuscany Coast and we will have an en route stop in the area of Montecucco Area, a your wine district,  An interesting blend of the Maremma hills, Etruscan ruins and the heights of Mount Amiata blend together in one landscape.

This slice of Tuscany, in the Maremma, called Montecucco is an area boasting of world class vineyards and also a wide range of flavors in the form of olive oil, honey, truffles, mushrooms, saffron as well as regional recipes and even rare breeds like that of the Amiata donkey (Miccio Amiatino), best suited for the rigorous life of mining in the mountains.

Overnight in Maremma
Meals : Breakfast
Stay at : L'Andana or similar
Today will be the last day before departure, we suggest to dedicate the day to relax and wellness by driving to the impressing thermal baths of Saturnia where you can spend a relaxing day in a suggestive natural landscape.

Overnight in Maremma
Meals : Breakfast
Transfer to FCO Rome Airport
Meals : Breakfast

What's Included

  • 2 nights in Florence Area
  • 3 nights in Montalcino Area
  • 2 nights in Maremma
  • Daily breakfast
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • A day in Chianti. Full day Driver Guided visit of Chianti
  • 2 Wine tastings with visit of vineyards and cellars in Chianti
  • Lunch in a Farmhouse in Chianti
  • On the footsteps of Antinori. Full day Driver Guided visit of Siena Area
  • 2 Wine tastings with visit of vineyards and cellars of Antinori’s Estates
  • Lunch in a Farmhouse in Siena area
  • A day with Montepulciano’s winemakers
  • 3 Wine tastings with visit of vineyards and cellars in Montepulciano
  • Lunch in a Farmhouse in Montepulciano
  • A day in Maremma. Full day Driver Guided visit of Maremma
  • 2 Wine tastings with visit of vineyards and cellars in Maremma
  • Lunch in a Farmhouse in Maremma

Not Included

  • City Tax ( to be paid at hotel, average 2/3€ per pax night)
  • Beverages and meals not mentioned in the program
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional Excursions

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Charges
60 days or more € 150 per person
59 to 31 days 25% of total travel services
29 - 15 days 50% of total travel services
14 - 3 days 75% of total travel services
2 days or less 100% of total travel services